Old Boy Sam Cranstoun (2004) is the newly appointed Patron of the churchie. Established in 1987, this highly regarded national emerging art prize is dedicated to innovation and excellence across contemporary, traditional and new media genres.

“It is with great pride that I take on the role of Patron of the churchie national emerging art prize. In the early stages of my career, exhibiting as a finalist in the churchie was a key part of my professional development, allowing my work to reach new audiences, as well as giving me the opportunity to exhibit alongside some of the nation’s best-emerging artists. Since then, I have keenly followed the churchie and watched as its past finalists have gone on to grow and refine their careers, and exhibit on a national stage. The support offered by the churchie is truly invaluable for emerging creative practitioners, and I look forward to taking on a more active role in supporting this new generation of artists as Patron of the churchie.”​

Sam’s multidisciplinary practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past. His practice traverses a variety of mediums, including collage, sculpture, painting, drawing, watercolour, sculpture and video, focusing on historical figures, events and images as a way of exploring how history and current affairs are shaped and how we respond.

The OBA are proud to continue their long association with ‘the churchie’ as a Major Sponsor.

Please click here to read more about Sam.

Photo: Cydney Holm